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Trinidad and Tobago National Football Team

Trinidad and Tobago
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Soca Warriors
AssociationTrinidad and Tobago Football Association
Confederation
Head coachTerry Fenwick
CaptainKhaleem Hyland
Most capsAngus Eve (117)
Top scorerStern John (70)
Home stadiumHasely Crawford Stadium
FIFA codeTRI
FIFA ranking
Current 103 Steady(7 April 2021)[1]
Highest25 (June 2001)
Lowest106 (October 2010)
First international

(British Guiana; 21 July 1905)[2]
Biggest win
 Trinidad and Tobago 15-0 Anguilla 
(Arima, Trinidad and Tobago; 10 November 2019)
Biggest defeat
 Mexico 7-0 Trinidad and Tobago 
(Mexico City, Mexico; 8 October 2000)
 United States 7-0 Trinidad and Tobago 
(Orlando, Florida, United States; 31 January 2021)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2006)
Best resultGroup stage (2006)
CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup
Appearances16 (first in 1967)
Best resultRunners-up (1973)

The Trinidad and Tobago national football team, nicknamed the "Soca Warriors", represents the twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in international football. It is controlled by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association, which is a member of CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football), the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), and the global jurisdiction of FIFA.

The national team competes in the World Cup, Gold Cup, and the Nations League, as well as other competitions by invitation. The Soca Warriors lone appearance at the FIFA World Cup came in 2006, after the team defeated Bahrain 2-1 on aggregate in the CONCACAF-AFC intercontinental play-off. The team has qualified for the CONCACAF Gold Cup on 16 occasions with their best performance in 2000, after reaching the semi-finals, finishing third. However, the national team did experience great success at the defunct Caribbean Cup, having won the sub-continental competition eight times and runners-up on five occasions.

The separate Trinidad and Tobago national football teams are not related to the national team and are not directly affiliated with the game's governing bodies of FIFA or CONCACAF, but are affiliated with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association.

History

1970s

At the 1973 CONCACAF Championship, Trinidad and Tobago fell two points short of qualifying for the 1974 World Cup Finals in controversial fashion. Trinidad and Tobago lost a crucial game on 4 December 1973 against hosts Haiti 2-1 after being denied five goals. The referee, José Roberto Henríquez of El Salvador, and Canadian linesman James Higuet were subsequently banned for life by FIFA for the dubious events of the match.[4][5][6]

1980s to 1990s: The Strike Squad

Trinidad and Tobago came within one game of qualifying for the 1990 World Cup in Italy. Nicknamed the "Strike Squad" during the qualifying campaign, Trinidad and Tobago needed only a draw to qualify in their final game played at home against the United States on 19 November 1989. In front of an over-capacity crowd of more than 30,000 at the National Stadium on "Red Day",[7]Paul Caligiuri of the United States scored the only goal of the game in the 38th minute dashing Trinidad and Tobago's qualification hopes.[8] For the good behaviour of the crowd at the stadium, despite the devastating loss and overcrowded stands, the spectators of Trinidad and Tobago were awarded the FIFA Fair Play Award in 1989.[9]

2000s

2006 FIFA World Cup

Trinidad and Tobago qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, its first-ever qualification for the tournament. During their qualifying campaign, they sat at the bottom of the table in the final round of qualifying with one point from three. However, after the arrival of Leo Beenhakker as team coach and the recalling of veteran players Dwight Yorke and Russell Latapy, Trinidad and Tobago reversed its fortunes and placed fourth in the group. They qualified via a play-off against Bahrain, recovering from a 1-1 draw at home to win 1-0 in Manama, Bahrain to book a place in the finals. As a result, Trinidad and Tobago became the smallest country to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, a record they held until Iceland reached their first World Cup in 2018.

In Germany, Trinidad and Tobago were grouped with England, Sweden and Paraguay in Group B. They drew their first game 0-0 against Sweden despite going down to ten men early in the second half. They lost both their remaining matches against England and Paraguay by a 2-0 margin.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
 Sweden 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
 Paraguay 3 1 0 2 2 2 0 3
 Trinidad and Tobago 3 0 1 2 0 4 -4 1

2010s

2010 World Cup Cycle

Trinidad and Tobago began their campaign in the second round against Bermuda. Trinidad and Tobago lost the first match 2-1 at home, but bounced back to win the away leg 2-0 to progress to the third round 3-2 on aggregate. The Soca Warriors entered Group 1 alongside the United States, Guatemala, and Cuba. They then progressed to the Hexagonal round, finishing second in the group with eleven points from six games. There they faced Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico and the United States. The group began badly for Trinidad and Tobago as they drew 2-2 with El Salvador after leading 2-0, and then drew 1-1 with Honduras. Three consecutive losses, to the United States, Costa Rica and Mexico, put the Soca Warriors in last place with two points from five matches. After defeating El Salvador 1-0, they suffered further losses to Honduras and the United States the following month, ending their hopes of qualifying, and they eventually finished bottom of the group.

2014 World Cup Cycle

Trinidad and Tobago entered qualification for the 2014 World Cup in the second round as a seeded team, with Guyana, Bermuda and Barbados also drawn in Group B. The Soca Warriors defeated Bermuda (1-0) and Barbados (2-0) in their first two matches. However, on 7 October 2011, they lost away to Bermuda in Devonshire Parish 2-1.[10] The team recovered four days later by defeating Barbados 4-0 in the Hasely Crawford Stadium with a hat-trick from Lester Peltier.[11] Entering the final two matches in the Second Round, Trinidad and Tobago were in second place, behind Guyana by one point. As only the group winners would advance to the third round, the Soca Warriors needed to take four points in the two matches against Guyana to advance. Trinidad and Tobago first traveled to Providence, Guyana to face the Golden Jaguars on 11 November 2011. With an early goal from Ricky Shakes and another from Leon Cort in the 81st minute, Trinidad and Tobago trailed 2-0 and faced elimination. Kenwyne Jones pull a goal back in the 93rd minute, but the match ended 2-1 to Guyana.[12] On 12 January 2012, Otto Pfister was sacked after the country's earliest exit from World Cup qualification since 1994.[13]

2018 World Cup Cycle

Trinidad and Tobago entered qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the fourth round and were drawn into Group C with Guatemala, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the United States. The team finished second in the group with 11 points to qualify for the Hexagonal. However, they finished in sixth place in the final round with only six points, even though they eliminated the United States from World Cup contention with a 2-1 victory in the final match.

Team image

Home stadium

Hasely Crawford Stadium became the home of the national team in 1980

For the first eighty years of their existence, Trinidad and Tobago played their home matches all around the country with Queen's Park Oval, generally thought of as the most picturesque and largest of the old cricket grounds in the West Indies, as the most often used venue.[14] The cricket ground served as the country's largest stadium until the new National Stadium was built in Mucurapo, Port of Spain, to host the nation's athletics competitions and international football matches.

The stadium later was renovated and renamed after Hasely Crawford, the first person from Trinidad and Tobago to win an Olympic gold medal, prior to Trinidad and Tobago hosting the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship. The stadium currently has a seating capacity of 23,000 and is owned by the Trinidad and Tobago government and managed through the Ministry of Sport via its special purpose state agency called SporTT.[15]

In recent years, the TTFA have hosted matches at the smaller 10,000 seat Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, citing a problem with the lighting system at Hasely Crawford Stadium, lower expenses for matches at Ato Boldon, and fans being seated closer to the pitch.[16] Trinidad and Tobago hosted two games during "The Hex" in late 2017. They lost to Honduras 1-2 on 1 September 2017. On 10 October 2017, Trinidad and Tobago defeated the United States 2-1, causing the United States to fail to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986. Ato Boldon Stadium has since hosted friendlies against Grenada, Guyana, and Panama.

Supporters

Soca Warriors' supporters before the team's opening 2006 World Cup match against Sweden

The major supporters' group for the national team is the Soca Warriors Supporters Club or the "Warrior Nation". The group is a non-profit organisation that is independent of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association. Formed shortly after Trinidad and Tobago secured qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the supporters' club was organised by Soca Warriors Online founder Inshan Mohammed and Nigel Myers.

The group's activities include promoting teams locally and globally, lobbying the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association as representatives of football fans, advocating fair pricing and allocation of event tickets, organising travel for fans to home and away matches, providing a family-oriented fans' organisation, and promoting football among the young people of Trinidad and Tobago.

Schedule and results

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2021

31 January 2021 Friendly United States  7-0  Trinidad and Tobago Orlando, Florida
20:00 (UTC-4)
Report Stadium: Exploria Stadium
Referee: Said Martinez (Honduras)
25 March 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Trinidad and Tobago  3-0  Guyana San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
19:00 UTC-4
Report Stadium: Estadio Panamericano
Referee: Marco Antonio Ortíz Nava (Mexico)

Players

For all past and present players who have appeared for the national team, see Trinidad and Tobago national team players.

Current squad

The following players have been included in the 26-member T&T men's senior football squad for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against Guyana and Puerto Rico on March 25 and 28, 2021 respectively, in the Dominican Republic. Goals and caps are updated as of 31 January 2021, after the match against Puerto Rico.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Marvin Phillip (1984-08-01) 1 August 1984 (age 36) 80 0 Unattached
1GK Adrian Foncette (1988-10-10) 10 October 1988 (age 32) 18 0 Trinidad and Tobago Police
1GK Nicklas Frenderup (1992-12-14) 14 December 1992 (age 28) 4 0 Norway Stjørdals-Blink
1GK Denzil Smith (1999-10-12) 12 October 1999 (age 21) 0 0 Trinidad and Tobago W Connection

2DF Justin Garcia (1995-10-26) 26 October 1995 (age 25) 3 0 Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force
2DF Sheldon Bateau (1991-01-29) 29 January 1991 (age 30) 44 4 Belgium Mechelen
2DF Aubrey David (1990-10-11) 11 October 1990 (age 30) 54 1 Costa Rica Saprissa
2DF Leland Archer (1996-01-08) 8 January 1996 (age 25) 1 0 United States Charleston Battery
2DF Noah Powder (1998-10-27) 27 October 1998 (age 22) 2 0 United States Real Salt Lake
2DF Neveal Hackshaw (1995-11-21) 21 November 1995 (age 25) 17 0 United States Indy Eleven
2DF Radanfah Abu Bakr (1987-02-12) 12 February 1987 (age 34) 37 2 Unattached
2DF Joevin Jones (1991-08-03) 3 August 1991 (age 29) 79 9 United States Inter Miami
2DF Robert Primus (1990-11-10) 10 November 1990 (age 30) 8 0 India Bengaluru United

3MF Andre Boucaud (1984-10-10) 10 October 1984 (age 36) 48 2 Unattached
3MF Duane Muckette (1995-07-01) 1 July 1995 (age 25) 7 0 Unattached
3MF Michel Poon-Angeron (2001-04-19) 19 April 2001 (age 19) 3 0 Argentina Banfield
3MF Judah Garcia (2000-10-24) 24 October 2000 (age 20) 5 0 India NEROCA
3MF Khaleem Hyland (1989-06-05) 5 June 1989 (age 31) 90 4 Saudi Arabia Al Batin
3MF Daniel Phillips (2001-01-18) 18 January 2001 (age 20) 2 0 England Watford
3MF Marcus Joseph (1991-04-29) 29 April 1991 (age 29) 17 6 Unattached

3MF Levi Garcia (1997-11-20) 20 November 1997 (age 23) 29 3 Greece AEK Athens
4FW Ryan Telfer (1994-03-04) 4 March 1994 (age 27) 9 4 Unattached
4FW Brent Sam (1996-04-18) 18 April 1996 (age 24) 1 0 Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force
4FW Jabari Mitchell (1997-05-01) 1 May 1997 (age 23) 2 0 Trinidad and Tobago Police
4FW Sean Bonval (1996-03-07) 7 March 1996 (age 25) 1 0 Trinidad and Tobago Central
4FW Willis Plaza (1987-08-03) 3 August 1987 (age 33) 24 7 Trinidad and Tobago La Horquetta Rangers

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called to the squad in the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up

DF Michael DeShields (1998-04-23) 23 April 1998 (age 22) 0 0 United States D.C. United v.  United States, 31 January 2021PRE


Records

As of 17 November 2019[17]
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.

Managers

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

Trinidad and Tobago first appeared at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The Soca Warriors finished bottom of the group with one point from the team's three matches. Even though the team did not advance in the competition, Trinidad and Tobago recorded its first point from the FIFA World Cup after a 0-0 draw to Sweden in its first match.

Trinidad and Tobago failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup between 1966 and 2002, then again in 2010 to 2018.

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Did not enter
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 5 12
Mexico 1970 4 1 1 2 4 10
West Germany 1974 9 6 1 2 27 8
Argentina 1978 6 2 2 2 10 9
Spain 1982 4 1 2 1 1 2
Mexico 1986 4 0 1 3 2 7
Italy 1990 12 5 5 2 13 6
United States 1994 4 2 1 1 7 4
France 1998 8 2 1 5 15 10
South Korea Japan 2002 22 10 4 8 32 28
Germany 2006 Group stage 27th 3 0 1 2 0 4 Squad 20 11 2 7 30 25
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 18 5 5 8 22 30
Brazil 2014 6 4 0 2 12 4
Russia 2018 16 5 2 9 20 28
Qatar 2022 To be determined In progress
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined
Total Group stage 1/21 3 0 1 2 0 4 138 55 28 55 200 183

CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Championship 1963-1989, CONCACAF Gold Cup 1991-present

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record Qualifying record
Year Round Position MP W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
El Salvador 1963 Did not enter Did not enter
Guatemala 1965 Withdrew Withdrew
Honduras 1967 Round-robin 4th 5 2 0 3 6 10 Squad 4 2 1 1 7 7
Costa Rica 1969 Round-robin 5th 5 1 1 3 4 12 Squad Automatically entered
Trinidad and Tobago 1971 Round-robin 5th 5 1 2 2 6 12 Squad Qualified as hosts
Haiti 1973 Round-robin 2nd 5 3 0 2 11 4 Squad 4 3 1 0 16 4
Mexico 1977 Did not qualify 6 2 2 2 10 9
Honduras 1981 Did not qualify 4 1 2 1 1 2
1985 Group stage 7th 4 0 1 3 2 7 Squad Automatically entered
1989 Round-robin 3rd 8 3 3 2 7 5 Squad 4 2 2 0 6 1
United States 1991 Group stage 5th 3 1 0 2 3 4 Squad 5 3 0 2 12 5
Mexico United States 1993 Did not qualify 5 2 1 2 10 10
United States 1996 Group stage 7th 2 0 0 2 4 6 Squad 5 4 0 1 21 3
United States 1998 Group stage 6th 2 1 0 1 5 5 Squad 4 2 1 1 9 3
United States 2000 Third place 3rd 4 2 0 2 6 8 Squad 5 4 0 1 18 6
United States 2002 Group stage 10th 2 0 1 1 1 2 Squad 5 4 0 1 13 3
Mexico United States 2003 Did not qualify 7 3 0 4 8 9
United States 2005 Group stage 10th 3 0 2 1 3 5 Squad 10 7 0 3 22 8
United States 2007 Group stage 11th 3 0 1 2 2 5 Squad 5 3 1 1 13 6
United States 2009 Did not qualify 6 3 2 1 11 8
United States 2011 Did not qualify 6 4 0 2 13 6
United States 2013 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 1 2 4 5 Squad 11 6 3 2 23 7
Canada United States 2015 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 2 0 10 6 Squad 7 5 2 0 16 5
United States 2017 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 8 8
Costa Rica Jamaica United States 2019 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 1 9 Squad Qualified automatically
2021 To be determined To be determined
Total Runners-up 16/25 62 17 15 30 75 105 107 61 18 28 237 110

CONCACAF Nations League

CONCACAF Nations League record
Season Division Group Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
United States 2019-20 A C 4 0 2 2 3 9 Fall 11th
2022-23 B To be determined
Total 4 0 2 2 3 9 11th

Caribbean Cup

Caribbean Cup record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA Squad
Barbados 1989 Champions 7 5 0 2 21 5 Squad
Trinidad and Tobago 1990 Abandoned[A] 2 1 1 0 5 0 Squad
Jamaica 1991 Runners-up 5 3 0 2 12 5 Squad
Trinidad and Tobago 1992 Champions 5 5 0 0 14 2 Squad
Jamaica 1993 Third place 5 2 1 2 10 10 Squad
Trinidad and Tobago 1994 Champions 5 4 1 0 17 4 Squad
Cayman Islands Jamaica 1995 Champions 5 4 0 1 21 3 Squad
Trinidad and Tobago 1996 Champions 5 5 0 0 13 2 Squad
Antigua and Barbuda Saint Kitts and Nevis 1997 Champions 4 2 1 1 9 3 Squad
Jamaica Trinidad and Tobago 1998 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 18 6 Squad
Trinidad and Tobago 1999 Champions 5 5 0 0 19 4 Squad
Trinidad and Tobago 2001 Champions 5 4 0 1 13 3 Squad
Barbados 2005 Third place 8 6 0 2 22 8 Squad
Trinidad and Tobago 2007 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 13 6 Squad
Jamaica 2008 Group stage 3 1 1 1 4 4 Squad
Martinique 2010 Group stage 3 1 0 2 1 3 Squad
Antigua and Barbuda 2012 Runners-up 5 2 2 1 6 5 Squad
Jamaica 2014 Runners-up 4 2 2 0 7 4 Squad
Martinique 2017 Did not qualify
Total 18/19 86 59 10 17 225 77

Honours

Major competitions

Minor competitions

  • Third place (1): 2013

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Play was suspended when Jamaat al Muslimeen attempted a coup d'état of the government of Trinidad and Tobago. The tournament was abandoned altogether after Tropical storm Arthur forced the cancellation of the final round of games. Trinidad and Tobago were to meet Martinique in the final.

References

General
Specific
  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 7 April 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  2. ^ Trinidad and Tobago - List of International Matches
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 31 March 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  4. ^ Trinidad and Tobago's Soca Warriors set to give them all in Germany, Guardian UK. Accessed June 23, 2008.
  5. ^ Football: Carnival time and the Trinis are up for the party, The Independent. Accessed June 23, 2008.
  6. ^ Trinidad Express - Haitian robbery: Trinidad and Tobago cheated W/Cup spot, Socawarriors.net. Accessed June 23, 2008.
  7. ^ Red-Day, Nov, 19, 1989, YouTube.com. Accessed: June 23, 2008.
  8. ^ Pulse: Thank You Trinidad and Tobago Warriors Archived 17 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Trinidad Guardian. Accessed June 23, 2008.
  9. ^ FIFA Fair Play Awards Archived 1 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine, FIFA.com. Accessed June 23, 2008.
  10. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil(TM) - Matches - Bermuda-Trinidad and Tobago - FIFA.com". FIFA.com.
  11. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil(TM)". FIFA.com.
  12. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil(TM)". FIFA.com.
  13. ^ Inshan Mohammed. "Corneal appointed TTFF Technical Director, Otto Pfister axed". socawarriors.net.
  14. ^ "Queen's Park Oval". Cricinfo Staff. 13 March 2007. Retrieved 2009.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 March 2016. Retrieved 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "U.S.'s World Cup qualifier in Trinidad set for 10,000-seat stadium". ESPN. 15 September 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ "Trinidad and Tobago  - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2017.

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